Two grants for Duluth outside recreation

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Both Spirit Mountain and the Duluth Traverse Trail will benefit from this. Spirit expects $ 1.25 million and the Duluth Traverse should get more than $ 160,000.

The grants come from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission. The money from Spirit is to be used for the expansion of the snowmobile, mountain bike and cross-country ski trails.

Erik Blow, Outdoor Operations Manager at Spirit Mountain, said they will be adding another Nordic ski loop that will connect the Grand Ave. system to the upper trails.

“Having this connection is huge,” said Blow. “That takes us from about 2 miles down here (on Grand Ave.) and then if we add that connector to our top 22, you know, that’ll get us on nearly 30 miles of trail.”

He said it opens doors to host more events and create better opportunities for off-season skiing.

The grant will also provide money for another snow-making pump.

There will also be improvements to the mountain bike trails:

  • Adding blue and black downhill trails
  • Improvement of the competence park
  • Reconstruction of the Candyland Knowlton Trail

Another nearly $ 168,000 will fund a fleet of mobile mountain bikes and programming on the Duluth Traverse.

“That means we can buy a couple of trailers and a set of mountain bikes that include standard mountain bikes, balance bikes, and recumbent trikes so we can get more kids to ride the Duluth Traverse mountain bike trails,” said Jessica Peterson, manager of Duluth Parks and trails Recreation.

She said they want to give underserved teens the opportunity to relax outdoors, especially since mountain biking can be an expensive sport.

“(The Duluth Traverse) was named in part because it connects communities,” Peterson said. “But we also know that there are children in our community who still do not have access to the Duluth Traverse.”

Minnesota lawmakers have yet to finalize the funds.

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